Weekend Nandi Hills Trip – 7th May 2017


Pre-Plan: Starting out on an overnight trip – Plan was to go to **Skandagiri Night Trek**.

Starting time: We started out from Bangalore at 1 o’clock.


  • Shivam and Ashutosh ( Pulsar 180 )
  • JayV and Hardik Patel ( Honda Shine )
  • JayD and Jigar ( RE Bullet 350 ).

Decided Enroute:

Trip: Started at decided time 1’oclock from Bangalore from BTM Layout. The journey to Skandagiri Hills was smooth. We stopped for Tea midway once and then continued.

Twist: On reaching the Skandagiri Hills at 3 o’clock in morning, to our shock (mild) the place was appearing so deserted, quiet and scary as well covered with pitch silence. The atmosphere was awesome and thrilling. We reached the base temple and just parked our bikes. A guard came in from the temple’s guesthouse saying that the place was closed for night trek due to murder took place. The place was at least closed for a month as of then.

We were already mentally prepared for such a twist even before we left for Skandagiri Hills after reading review’s on Google places most of which said that the place is closed every now and then.

We had a backup plan. NANDI HILLS.

New Route: From Skandagiri Hills we started for NANDI HILLS which is like about 25kms.

Reaching Nandi Hills:

We reached Nandi Hills entrance by about 4.15am from Skandagiri Hills. The norms of Nandi Hills says the gate to entrance opens at 6 am. We started to think of alternatives after having a light snack and tea.

CampFire: This is by far the best idea we came up with. Some snaps:

Begining preps…

That delicate first spark

Feeling accomplished

Nandi Hills Peak: Finally, 6 am gates were open for Nandi Hills. Some of the beautiful snaps at Nandi Hills

The first glance

Bamboo Shed

…and bridges

…and towards the view point

View from the top

And coming down again…

The way to top

The Jam Packed parking

Photography special: Some snap I mark as photography special ( unique 😉 )

Nature in artificial flavour…

The Sun gives us light

Textures in the sky

Artificial Flying bird

Thanks for the read 🙂

Trying out Ingest User Agent Pipeline Plugin with ES5x


Problem Statement: Converting the useragent string to Human Readable parsed User Agent ( Browser version + OS ).

Tools and Tech: Python, Elasticsearch


Ingest pipeline conf

Py Client to setup and run test: https://github.com/jkdihenkar/es_ingest_ua_test/blob/master/IngestUserAgent.py

Test sample input data: https://github.com/jkdihenkar/es_ingest_ua_test/blob/master/sample_dataset

Test Sample output data: https://github.com/jkdihenkar/es_ingest_ua_test/blob/master/sample_output.txt

Knowledge base:

  • Details on ES Ingest pipelines in general: https://www.elastic.co/guide/en/elasticsearch/reference/master/pipeline.html
  • More details on user agent ingest pipeline: https://www.elastic.co/guide/en/elasticsearch/plugins/current/ingest-user-agent.html
  • Using ingest user agent pipeline: https://www.elastic.co/guide/en/elasticsearch/plugins/current/using-ingest-user-agent.html

Some good lines in Gujarati


Ek ishwar ne maate gamaat ketlo,
Ek shraddha ne maate dharam ketla!!

Mane ema hajaro ni taras dekhaay che saaki..!

Dil ne gamtilo ghat, tya ghero na malyo,
Matra ekant malyu, koi umero na malyo,
Apna yug nu aa kum bhagya che kevu bhaare,
K gaya chaand sudhi, ne koi chehro na malyo!!

Ret bhini tame karo cho, pan rann samandar kadi nahi laage!

Aey paanu fervi dejo jya maari, vaarta aave!

PS: If you Understand try putting translations in comments for helping others 🙂